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Deputies arrested in gunfire incident



April 23, 2002

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Deputies arrested in gunfire incident

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by John Craig -- Staff writer, Spokesman (WA) Review

COLVILLE, Wash. -- A Stevens County sheriff's deputy and a reserve deputy were arrested Friday on charges that they shot two Suncrest homes with a machine gun.

Deputy Will Clark, 29, was arrested at 4:20 p.m. on suspicion of reckless endangerment, obstructing law enforcement officers and possession of an illegal weapon.

Reserve Deputy Brian Cravens was arrested at 6 p.m. on suspicion of reckless endangerment and possession of an unlawful weapon. No other information was available.

Clark and Cravens are two of four men suspected of firing three bursts from a fully automatic rifle early Tuesday from the deck of Clark's home in Suncrest.

An estimated 50 rounds were fired, three of them hitting the homes of Clark's neighbors. One of the bullets passed through two walls and a decorative indoor birdhouse before lodging in a stack of books five feet from a sleeping man.

Authorities were not available for comment Friday evening on whether the other suspects, which include an unpaid police reservists, will be charged.

Private ownership of machine guns in Washington is a felony. Carelessly firing any weapon in Washington can result in a gross misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.

The other suspects are Clark's roommate, Chris Spurlock, and a fourth individual who is not a law enforcement officer and whom officials haven't identified.

Spurlock is a Newport Police Department reserve officer and a corrections officer at the Airway Heights Corrections Center.

Clark was awarded a certificate of commendation and a Purple Heart last year for his performance during an ambush last April at Loon Lake. Clark was shot in the arm and thigh while responding to a reported assault.

Clark, Cravens and Spurlock were placed on administrative leave by the Sheriff's Department and the Newport Police Department. In addition, Spurlock was placed on administrative leave from his job at the prison.




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